From the TUC

If you #heartunions join our week of action against the trade union bill

09 Dec 2015, By

The campaign against the trade union bill is at a critical stage. The parliamentary process has moved into the House of Lords, where we have our best chances of defeating it or getting changes pushed through.

But this means ensuring the bill remains in the public eye as much as possible. We need to remind politicians and journalists alike of the vital role unions and union members play in our society and economy.

In February (from the 8th to 14th) we’ll be staging a special week of action against the trade union bill throughout England and Wales.  A week that takes the message to more and more people, union members or not, that this bill is bad for our country.

When I visit workplaces throughout the UK, I’m always amazed by the great work being done by union reps to train, educate and look after their colleagues.

Over the last decade alone trade union learning centres have provided courses for over two million learners and helped develop over 30,000 learning reps. Government research from 2007 estimated union reps prevent up to 13,000 accidents a year, and by providing a voice for the workforce, reduce conflict and staff turnover, saving hundreds of millions of pounds.

Improving the lives of workers and communities is what unions are about.

Now is the time to share with others the great work unions and reps do where you work and live. We want to know why you heartunions.

heartunions is a chance to showcase the difference that unions make in your area. If you know of a union rep, course or programme that you think needs celebrating then we want to hear from you.

Wherever you work, be it a hospital, factory or call centre, please get involved, and get in touch with your stories.

Loads of events are being planned for the week. On Tuesday the 9th, the TUC we’ll be hosting the biggest ever workplace meeting, linking branches across the country to highlight the vital work unions do in workplaces of all types. On Thursday the 11th, we’ll be taking the message out into our communities, and calling on you to help raise the profile of trade unions where you live, and recruit more members to our movement.

All the key information about the week of action will be at  We’ll keep adding to it in the coming weeks so that it will have everything you need to take part.

Let’s show the government that threatening trade unions has no place in a modern democracy. Only through coming together and showing our united strength will we be able defend the right to strike and organise together.

5 Responses to If you #heartunions join our week of action against the trade union bill

  1. Helen
    Dec 10th 2015, 12:44 am

    What role is the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom playing in this February campaign week? Is the CTUF campaign still active ? It’s much needed but seems to have gone very quiet.

  2. Tony Foster
    Dec 10th 2015, 10:53 am

    I live in Caernarfon in North Wales. I am a retired teacher and an ex trade unionist and a Labour Party member. If I can help with the campaign in my area during the week of action, please let me know.

  3. Mike Kettlety
    Dec 10th 2015, 12:38 pm

    Just taken on the role of Trade Union Liaison Coordinator for South West Wiltshire CLP please let me know of anything I can do to help with this campaign.

  4. Zarria Phillips
    Dec 11th 2015, 8:20 pm

    I’m with Unite Community (Bristol/Bath) & would love to help, in any way that i can.

  5. Patrick Hunter
    Jan 7th 2016, 7:41 pm

    Barnet Trades Union Council are holding a Folk Night in opposition to the TU bill.

    At the Hemingford Arms (off the Caledonian Road) Islington on Sunday February 7th, 7.30 to 10.30 pm

    #Kill the Bill